Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunrisers in with a chance

 David Warner hammered 90 off 45 balls to keep Sunrisers Hyderabad in the hunt for an Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff spot with a six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in Ranchi yesterday.

Chasing 186 in a must-win match, Warner hit three sixes and 12 fours to lay the foundation for the successful chase, putting on 116 with Shikhar Dhawan (64 n.o. off 49 balls) before he was out in the 12th over.

They reached 189 for four off 19.4 overs, replying to Chennai’s 185 for three.

For Chennai, who are assured of a place in the playoffs, Dwayne Smith gave them a good start with 47 off 28 balls, including four fours and four sixes, before Mahendra Dhoni (57 not out off 41) and David Hussey (50 not out off 33) lifted the total towards the end of the innings.

For the Sunrisers to qualify for the playoffs, they will have to win their final match against Kolkata Knight Riders and hope other results go their way.

Yesterday’s IPL summarised scores:

Chennai Super Kings 185-3 (20 overs) (MS Dhoni 57 n.o., David Hussey 50 n.o., Dwayne Smith 47) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 189-4 (19.4 overs) (David Warner 90, Shikhar Dhawan 64 n.o.)

—Hyderabad won by 6 wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders 195-4 (20 overs) (Robin Uthappa 83 n.o., Shakib Al Hasan 60) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 165-5 (20 overs) (Yogesh Takawale 45, Virat Kohli 38; Sunil Narine 4/20)

—Kolkata won by 30 runs